Sunday afternoon we checked into Eselbe Camp, just outside Nata in Botswana. This property on the Nata River belonged to Rupert’s mother for years and since she passed away twenty years ago, he dreamed to turn it into a small-scale campsite with a few chalets. Last year this finally became a reality and in exchange for some maintenance work you can even stay for free, but for us it was just a stopover between Francistown and Kasane. We could’ve driven that distance in a day, but especially the dogs think the heat is quite unpleasant on the way. Read more
Today we traveled a little further north into Botswana from Gaborone to Francistown, which was a long, hot and boring road, except for the occasional donkey cart or cattle blocking the road. We’re staying at Woodlands just out of town and are enjoying the peace and quietness. Read more
It didn’t go smoothly, but we are ready for our second night in Botswana!
Howard and Dilo left with quite a delay from Hartbeespoort Thursday morning and finally at the border with Botswana there seemed to be all kinds of issues with Howard’s papers. We talked and talked and talked but eventually we had to give up. Meanwhile, Hessel had been waiting a while at the Gaborone airport, so Dilo went to fetch him and Howard unfortunately had to go back into South Africa to sort out his paperwork. We’re not sure how, when and where, but we will meet again in Africa! Read more
It’s really happening! Tomorrow morning we’re leaving South Africa after six incredible years to go build a new future in Malawi; the Warm Heart of Africa. We still don’t know exactly where we’ll be staying or what we’ll be doing and especially our mothers are getting a bit nervous, but we decided anyway to go for it. We’ve got quite a list of useful contacts in Malawi, mainly thanks to the efforts of Howard’s brother there, and from discussions with the Malawi government we understand that they’re working hard to develop ecotourism in the country and are welcoming people like us. But Africa is still Africa and it’s not easy to make proper arrangements at this distance, so we decided to ‘’just’’ go. It feels great and as something that really needs to happen and we have never regretted following our instincts! Read more